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LTE versus Wi-Fi in underground mining Mining practices are demanding for more efficient ways of operation. This has resulted in mines adopting many different technologies to assist them in driving down costs and increasing profits. These applications enable mining companies to measure, collect and report on many different areas within the production environment. One common requirement that all these applications have is a network to carry data from one end to another. The type of connectivity medium is usually dictated by a few factors, some of these include; - Data size - Data transmitting intervals - Distance - Availability to electricity - Data protocol type (Wi-Fi, Ethernet) - Environment (Surface, underground) With the constant developments in technology, and more specifically mining systems becoming more open standards-based, promotes commercial network technology to be introduced into these demanding environments. One of those being LTE (Long Term Evolution) technology. If we use a smart device in our personal capacity, we are already quite familiar with how this works - mobile wireless, high-speed data connection. So how would this work in an underground mining environment? Well, the answer is not simple, and that's exactly what we want to test

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